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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
About Bradley University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
Address
1501 W Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61625
From Bradley University

As a mid-sized university with 5,400 students, Bradley provides students with resources not available at most small colleges including Division I sports, state-of-the art facilities and great academic variety. This size also allows Bradley to offer small classes and a student-faculty ratio of 12:1.
In addition to liberal arts and sciences, academic programs include business, communications, education, engineering, fine and performing arts, health sciences and technology. Innovative and well-recognized programs include cybersecurity, data science, entrepreneurship, game design, music and entertainment industry, direct-entry nursing, sports communication and physical therapy.
Located less than three hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis, the 84-acre campus is located in a historic residential neighborhood just one mile from downtown Peoria; the largest metropolitan area in downstate Illinois.

Bradley University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
70%
SAT Range
960-1240
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$26,773/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $20,640/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,102/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,455/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,170/ year
  • $110k+
    $31,926/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.52 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.57 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.57 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,278Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 42 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    36%
  • Career-focused
    21%
  • Enthusiasm
    21%
  • Basic
    14%
  • Cliquey
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
85%
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.74 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.84 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Perfect class sizes
    44%
  • Calm and quaint, yet exciting and fun
    34%
  • Interesting
    12%
  • Classy
    5%
  • Convenient
    2%
  • Dull
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
74%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses
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Bradley University Reviews

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Bradley, being a smaller school than a state school, allows students the opportunity to more easily connect with professors in a meaningful way. A mentor or an adviser can easily be found in any of the halls at Bradley. Additionally, getting personalized help from more bureaucratic departments like finances or class registration is easier and more productive for a student just starting to understand how to be assertive (since we all know adulting is hard). It does not lack opportunities to participate in activities and clubs and grow despite being a smaller school. Because of this, Bradley is an engaging school with a lot of benefits!
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I love the environment at Bradley! The campus is beautiful and it is easy to feel at home. Roaming off campus can feel risky however. The "Bradley Bubble" makes it easy to not leave, but I encourage you to experience the rest of Peoria with friends. The dorms are great (except Wyckoff) and the Student Center is a life saver. It's easy to meet new people and make friends with the social activities planned within the first few days of arriving on campus. Getting involved in a sorority was a really good idea for me personally and I think students should at least try rushing. I met my closest friends in my sorority and I do not regret joining my house. I recommend meeting your roommate on the sights they provide, my experience with random roommates was not great. Get involved quickly, it will make it much easier to make friends and keep them. Bradley is an amazing place full of amazing people and amazing professors.
The people at Bradley treat you like family as soon as you step on campus. The campus is gorgeous and the perfect size. The mid sized university gives you 1 on 1 learning and big opportunities. I have seen schools with newer and bigger dorms, but they are still pretty good! Bradley is the perfect school for me, and could be for you too! With only 5400 students and an eight minute walk from one side of campus to the other everyone gets to know each other. They have an amazing gym with a salt water pool and a rock climbing wall.